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May 24, 2009

The number of air passengers travelling business class fell by 19.2 percent in March compared to the same month in 2008, according to new figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The Association in its premium traffic figures said the March fall was slightly less than the 21.1 percent decline for February. IATA said economy had slowed marginally year on year from 8.3 percent in 2008 to 8.2 percent this year. It said the weakest premium market was in Asia Pacific. Premium traffic on flights from the region across the Pacific fell by 29.3 percent, to and from Europe by 20.1 percent and within the region by 29.2 percent. www.iata.org May 19, 2009

Air France KLM, Delta Air Lines

For customers, the Air France KLM-Delta joint venture should result in more choices, frequencies, competitive fares and harmonized services on all trans-Atlantic flights operated by the partners. The joint venture represents approximately 25 percent of total trans-Atlantic capacity with annual revenues estimated at more than USD 12 billion (approximately 9.3 billion euros, reference year 2008/09). Global passengers will benefit from access to a vast network offering over 200 flights and approximately 50,000 seats daily. That network is structured around six main hubs: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York-JFK and Paris-CDG, together with Cincinnati, Lyon, Memphis and Salt Lake City. The airline partners will provide their corporate clients with a broad, global offering that best meets their expectations for the most convenient airline system, while providing efficient account management as well as ease of travel for their clients. Going forward, this structure will represent a major strength for the SkyTeam alliance, of which all three airlines are members. May 19, 2009

Air France KLM, Delta Air Lines

A transatlantic joint venture between Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines, covering a quarter of all transatlantic capacity, will ultimately be extended to include Alitalia. Air France chief executive Pierre-Henri Gourgeon says: "It wasn't possible to transfer the anti-trust immunity obtained by the old Alitalia to the new Alitalia. We have to apply for anti-trust, but as soon as it is sorted out the new Alitalia will be able to join the new joint venture." May 19, 2009

Alitialia

Italian flag-carrier Alitalia has identified a series of new routes which the airline intends to open, starting next year. The expansion will...

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